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Goodbye cubicles!

Hit me with your best ideas for an office remodel. What makes employees the happiest? [more inside]
posted by yawper on Dec 1, 2016 - 74 answers

What do LGBTQ groups look like at your place of work?

Some coworkers and I are starting a networking/education group in our office for LGBTQ folks. We'd like to benchmark across other organizations and learn what has been successful. [more inside]
posted by rebent on Nov 11, 2016 - 3 answers

Policy requiring employees speak only with gender neutral pronouns?

A new transgender supervisor wants to implement a policy that requires employees to use gender neutral pronouns at all times... Is this sort of thing allowed? Where is the legal basis for this? [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Nov 9, 2016 - 21 answers

How do I handle this HR issue?

I am a manager at a very small creative agency. A friendship between two of our employees is both alienating and distracting to almost everyone else, but they aren't doing anything wrong. How do I bring it up delicately? [more inside]
posted by ElectricGoat on Oct 24, 2016 - 24 answers

Workplace Drama - How do I choose/do I have to?

Work part time (eg, no full time contract) in academia. Currently split between two departments, with most of my time spent in Department A. Department B gave me a promotion. Now Department A wants me to only work with them. Dept B wants me to eventually be full time with them. Added complication: there is growing bad blood between the two departments, and both sides are smearing each other. [more inside]
posted by troytroy on Oct 23, 2016 - 5 answers

Period dramas that are more Cold War than Corset

I've realised that I really like period dramas that are a) set in the 20th Century, particularly post-war b) often feature a workplace environment. Mad Men, Mr Selfridge, Halt and Catch Fire, The House of Elliot. Are there any others I should know about? Extra points if it has interesting costumes and has me looking up historical details on Wikipedia after an episode. [more inside]
posted by mippy on Sep 2, 2016 - 37 answers

How to report workplace discrimination if I don't know their name?

I want to report discrimination against a potential employee, but how can I do this if I don't know their name? [more inside]
posted by jihaan on Aug 31, 2016 - 10 answers

How do I avoid runaway, deadend projects?

Yay - I'm starting a new job! Boo, I don't want it to turn out like my previous ones! I'm happy about the new position, but there's a definite pattern in my career that I want to avoid this time. Basically, I have a tendency to get stuck with under-resourced projects that sprawl badly out of control until they consume my life and I have to quit to get away from them. Obviously you are not me and can at best guess what might be happening, but has anyone else experienced this pattern? What were the root causes? How did you improve things? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2016 - 10 answers

Help me sort out workplace culture time management issues

I switched roles to a new location with a different culture and I want to make a good impression without messing up my schedule. My employer offers a great work/life balance and the new location's culture seems less aligned with it. I can't figure out how to navigate this effectively. [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato on Aug 8, 2016 - 10 answers

Options for asking about perceived gender-based behavioral bias at work

At work (USA), I believe myself to be the victim of gender-based bias with regard to attitude, expression and other attributes. I want to ask HR about it. [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Jul 26, 2016 - 19 answers

How to handle an odd social phenomenon

Let's say I travel with my coworkers - let's call them Anne, Bryan, and Casey - to an offsite event near our office. How should I handle the awkward situation that sometimes plays out? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by schroedingersgirl on Jun 23, 2016 - 16 answers

Fables about workplace behavior: focus on your job instead of mine

Please share your published stories/fables/whatever that communicate this simple idea: focus on your job instead of mine. I'd especially like something geared toward children. [more inside]
posted by teabag on Jun 15, 2016 - 8 answers

If one witnesses bullying in the workplace, should one do anything?

If one employee witnesses a second employee bully a third employee, should the witness do anything? If so, what? [more inside]
posted by Erinaceus europaeus on Jun 12, 2016 - 18 answers

Resources for a woman in tech facing a lot of gender bias at work.

A friend is a senior engineer at a small company—the only woman in a senior technical role at the company—who, after years of working for them (she was literally the first hire) is hitting a lot of resistance from the men above, most of it the typical "Women in the workplace" b.s. She strongly believes in the work and the company, but is getting regularly undermined. I'd love to find some resources (books, blogs, forums, strategies, etc.) to help her deal effectively with the people making the workplace ridiculous. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Jun 9, 2016 - 10 answers

Short and sweet

Is there a benefit to disclosing a disability to your employer that does not require accommodation on their part?
posted by hwyengr on May 4, 2016 - 11 answers

How do I get through the next 4 months in a dysfunctional workplace

I'm looking at exiting my job (in a HIGHLY dysfunctional, but famous, organization) after a big event in 4 months that its important for me to see through. Help me figure out how to get through it, with many snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by socktastic on Apr 29, 2016 - 9 answers

Surviving a toxic work environment

I have a friend who is having a really tough time dealing with a difficult boss. [more inside]
posted by prefpara on Mar 28, 2016 - 13 answers

Company payroll info got hacked - now what?

So my company got hacked via spoofed email, and information stolen included names, addresses, SSNs, wage info, and withholding info. On a scale of 1 to Trump/Palin Victory, how panicked should I be right now? And what should I be doing? My bank (USAA) is pretty good about monitoring fraud, and I only have one other credit card. I check my credit reports regularly. Should I be changing every password I have and requesting new credit cards automatically; not worrying about it; something in the middle? [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Mar 24, 2016 - 13 answers

Teacher for advanced management skills in the workplace?

Do you know anyone who can teach advanced people and management skills in the workplace? I'm looking for an experienced, scientifically-minded manager who can teach first principle people skills, walk through handling specific personnel cases, and instruct on useful responses for common (and not so common) workplace problems. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 22, 2016 - 4 answers

So helpful. So responsible.

How can I stop doing work that my male co-workers are nimbly avoiding doing? Or, alternatively, get credit for it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2016 - 22 answers

My boss lies. How do I handle it politically?

My boss likes to be in control of everything, including chains of communication. Unexpectedly this week, I learned that one way she's been keeping control is by lying; she keeps the chains of communication to herself and then lies about what other people have said. I don't know how long she's been doing this and I don't know the most politically savvy way to handle it. Advice? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 28, 2016 - 19 answers

What to do about bosses inappropriate language?

My boss's boss used inappropriate, sexist language in a work setting. I'd like to address this in some way, but I'm not sure how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by too bad you're not me on Feb 26, 2016 - 40 answers

Some of my coworkers are incompetent. Help me be less annoyed by them.

I really, really like my job - but the one major downside is that a not-insignificant number of my colleagues are incompetent. How to not let these people get to me? [more inside]
posted by schroedingersgirl on Feb 2, 2016 - 35 answers

Can my employer make me sign away my workmans comp rights?

I work for a small business - a small chain of used bookstores. Recently, I broke my ankle. It was a home accident; I took a week off & then went back to work with a boot on my foot, crutches and a mobility knee scooter. My boss now wants me to sign a 2 page document in deepest legalese which, as far as I can tell, releases them from all liability of any kind if I hurt myself further by working while injured OR hurt anyone else (by running them over with my scooter?) This document would appear to never expire & says that I can never claim workmans comp, or, interestingly, that if I should die, my heirs cannot sue them. It also says that if I don't sign it they want me to go on unpaid leave until I am fully recovered. Under the ADA, aren't they supposed to make allowances for me? I am not asking them to pay for anything or even provide anything. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 6, 2016 - 13 answers

But it wouldn't mean nothing NOTHING without a woman or a girl

I'm scheduled to be on a panel about lack of women in senior roles within my industry. So I'm looking for pointers to articles, short podcasts, studies, puff pieces, reports, and just general interesting point of views on encouraging women into industries (from both women AND women). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2016 - 13 answers

THE BATHROOM SMELLS DISGUSTING

The accessibility bathroom at work smells absolutely vile. Please suggest to me something that will help, like a particular kind or type of scent neutralizer or diffuser. [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine on Dec 14, 2015 - 30 answers

Letting go of (justified) anger?

Someone in my work environment screwed me over and behaved in a way that was seriously unethical. The person who was actually responsible is not someone I need to see day-to-day (luckily), but the person who benefitted from his actions is someone with whom I have a close working relationship. Assume there is no further productive point in discussing it with anyone, and no fix that can be made. Also assume I prefer not to quit my job right now. How can I best work through the anger on my own so I can behave professionally? And how can I improve my poker face while being around the coworkers in question? [more inside]
posted by frumiousb on Oct 31, 2015 - 22 answers

Sometimes I have to leave the house.

Ladyclothesfilter: My style has always been pretty eclectic, and now that I'm thirty I'd like to look a little more put together at work and in general when I leave the house. I used to love ModCloth, but lately when I look at their site I feel like I'm looking at something meant for my kid sister. Where do I shop now? [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Oct 22, 2015 - 35 answers

Getting respect when doing high/low tasks?

I've had a meandering career path which has given me a level of expertise in a number of areas. However, I'm currently engaged in work which puts me sort of on the middle rung, working under the direction of a manager. In the past, in these positions, these employers have been very interested in some of the other skillsets I have. It's like, "Aha! I can now get some of this expertise for very cheap!" And in the past I've been willing to offer it. However, I don't want to offer this anymore without renumeration. Can you help me navigate this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me be the consummate professional at work.

I've gotten out of a ten-year plus job that was essentially (if not in reality) a protected workplace and not too difficult and now am going to tackle (have been hired for) a new, higher-up and better paying one (before the first job I was very sick for quite a while and therefore couldn't work at all so missed out on the opportunity to learn about much about the Big Girl/Big Boy details of life in the workplace). Because of this, I feel like I really don't know what I should be doing (besides the work I mean). What is your very best advice for being/appearing professional on the job? I know about not gossiping and being on time.
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2015 - 18 answers

Gay corporate "moms" - is this a thing?

I've long noticed a pattern in my industry that women get pushed out (or move out?) of creative roles and into "Mom" roles. The stop being compositors/animators/developers and become production assistants and production coordinators. Pay-wise and career-respect-wise, it's a lot like being the default parent - not much pay, and not much respect. Lately, I've noticed more stereotypically gay men (leaning toward the twink/pup variety) taking on production assistant/coordinator roles. Is this related at all to gender roles and default parenting, or am I noticing trends which do not exist? [more inside]
posted by clawsoon on Oct 14, 2015 - 6 answers

a job at the same place my husband's ex works

I have been asked to come in for a interview for a job that would be a good opportunity for me. My husband's ex-wife, who I have never met, works there. How should I handle this? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Oct 14, 2015 - 23 answers

To compare saying "brownie" to saying the n-word IS racist, sorry...

Coworker wouldn't acknowledge that she said the words "brownie" or "nigger" in the first place. That was a few months ago and the tension making those comments created hasn't gotten better. [more inside]
posted by human ecologist on Sep 20, 2015 - 8 answers

Best approach to confront sexual comment (thru individual & his work)?

A cook who works the grill at my company's cafeteria walked up behind me today and commented that I "always look good from behind." We know each other by name and otherwise have a good relationship of friendly/funny morning banter as I get my breakfast each morning. I was surprised when he crossed the line from jokey to sexual. I gave him a surprised/grossed out look and mocked that I was vomiting. He protested with something like, "Aww come on!" and I just shook my head and walked away. I want to confront him. [more inside]
posted by red_rabbit on Sep 18, 2015 - 32 answers

How to deal with bullying in the workplace?

My son says he is being bullied in the place that he works. When I talked to him he was very distraught and frustrated. I had a hard time giving him advice, so I came on here to ask you all. Hopefully, you can give me some insight into this situation. [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo on Sep 9, 2015 - 19 answers

Take on exclusion in the workplace

Frequently being excluded from peer group meetings and discussions at work. How do I tell my executives this is not acceptable? [more inside]
posted by quirksilver on Aug 10, 2015 - 11 answers

workplace woes: my boss seems to love correcting + debating minutia

During unofficial, in-between-meetings office banter, I tend to speak "loosely" and casually, giving estimates instead of precise directives. Everyone does this -- it's normal in many breezy conversational settings. Unfortunately, my boss seems to love correcting people or debating minute points, even when they're just riffing informally. I'll be spitballing hypothetically and he'll take that as a super literal representation. I need tips on how to deal! [more inside]
posted by doctordrey on Jul 16, 2015 - 23 answers

How to deal with a passive aggressive co-worker who thinks she's my boss

Asking for a friend: I'm one of two assistant directors. When the director is away, my colleague acts like she's the boss. How can I address this professionally? [more inside]
posted by helloimjohnnycash on Jun 16, 2015 - 8 answers

Too Many Meetings are Getting in the Way of My Job

I work for a medium-sized (400 employees or so) nonprofit arts organization. Though there is an ostensible hierarchy, it is very much a "consensus culture" with a lot of different departments that work together on a daily basis. As a result, there are a lot of meetings. Like eight or nine hours a day of meetings for upper-level staff, including me. This means that it is crazy hard to do any work: answer e-mails and phone calls, write, edit, or "be creative." Has anyone had any luck controlling an out-of-control institutional desire for meetings? Any strategies that have worked? [more inside]
posted by fiery.hogue on Jun 8, 2015 - 31 answers

How do I avoid self-sabotage at work?

I am having a lot of emotions at work right now as a result of a change in my responsibilities and my boss. Intellectually I know that absolutely none of it is personal and that there is a lot of potential for me in my company and department. My feelings do not agree and are keeping me up at night, making up doomsday scenarios and generally giving me major anxiety. How do I deal? [more inside]
posted by Sockowocky on Jun 7, 2015 - 5 answers

Should I prepare to experience discrimination when I get hearing aids?

It's time for me to get hearing aids. It isn't age-related but genetic. I am still relatively young, and I'm concerned about discrimination professionally and socially. Please provide advice and reassurance. [more inside]
posted by Beethoven's Sith on Feb 26, 2015 - 23 answers

Miserable Coworkers

I need advice and coping strategies to deal with coworkers who are rude to clients. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Feb 6, 2015 - 12 answers

How should I discuss problems with a respected colleague with my CEO?

I have a 1:1 meeting pending with my CEO, and I'd like to discuss what I feel is the biggest impediment to our success: a single, very senior, very poisonous individual. I don't want this to be mistaken for a personal vendetta (it isn't), and I don't even need the person to be fired. I just want their poisonous behavior to stop. [more inside]
posted by grudgebgon on Jan 29, 2015 - 13 answers

My potential boss is making me uncomfortable but I need this job

In light of the recent Ask and Meta about sexism at work, I thought I'd bring this dilemma to you guys. My potential boss is flirting heavily with me. I'm not interested in him but I really need the job. [more inside]
posted by Beethoven's Sith on Jan 22, 2015 - 34 answers

Bitch in Business

Metafilter feminists help me out! I an trying to compile a list of things that only ambitious women get to hear as they fight their way into management. Things like "you sound too abrasive". But also getting ignored in a specific way. I would like these to be things someone has actually said to you or someone you know. Can you help me?
posted by Omnomnom on Jan 22, 2015 - 217 answers

Should I give my friend a letter of recommendation for my old dream job?

Last year, I worked my dream job as the Director of a small museum and cultural center, and was forced to leave because my husband's job took us to another city. A friend of mine has expressed an enthusiastic interest in the job, but does not have any museum training, or any background in managing or running any type of business or institution whatsoever. He wants me to write a letter of recommendation. Should I? [more inside]
posted by chatelaine on Jan 9, 2015 - 22 answers

What we have here is...

I have a yearly performance review coming up. I need help addressing worsening communication issues. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2015 - 24 answers

OMFG did you effing seriously just say that.

One of my coworkers said something that feels BEYOND inappropriate, and I don't know what to do about it. Difficulty level: racism. In the office. With lots of Southern cultural baggage. Also, WTF. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2015 - 42 answers

Workplace gift giving

At my workplace, there are 6 people on my team along with 2 leaders who we all report to. Collectively, we bought group gifts for both leaders. I had been planning to get a small gift (a few jars of homemade jam) for each of the people I work with (both leaders and my co-workers) and I had been thinking of doing this since before we decided to get a group gift for our leaders. I'm wondering if it's somehow inappropriate or weird to be getting my leaders a gift on top of the group gifts that I already contributed to? But then, the alternative of just getting my co-workers, but not my leaders a gift seems awkward too. I suspect I'm overthinking this, but I feel like I don't have a good sense of what the right thing to do here is.
posted by Proginoskes on Dec 18, 2014 - 17 answers

Should I let my executive function coach speak to co-workers?

I've been doing some work with an executive function coach who has suggested that our process would benefit if she has some contact with key people that I work with. I'd like to think through the risks that that might entail, in order to decide if it's a good idea and worth it on balance. [more inside]
posted by kroshka on Dec 7, 2014 - 49 answers

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